A Poem for Peter

A Poem for Peter

The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day

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The story of The Snowy Day begins more than one hundred years ago, when Ezra Jack Keats was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. The family were struggling Polish immigrants, and despite Keats's obvious talent, his father worried that Ezra's dream of being an artist was an unrealistic one. But Ezra was determined. By high school he was winning prizes and scholarships. Later, jobs followed with the WPA (Works Progress Administration) and Marvel comics. But it was many years before Keats's greatest dream was realized and he had the opportunity to write and illustrate his own book. For more than two decades, Ezra had kept pinned to his wall a series of photographs of an adorable African American child. In Keats's hands, the boy morphed into Peter, a boy in a red snowsuit, out enjoying the pristine snow; the book became The Snowy Day, winner of the Caldecott Medal, the first mainstream book to feature an African American child. It was also the first of many books featuring Peter and the children of his -- and Keats's -- neighborhood.
Publisher: New York : Viking / Penguin Young Readers Group, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780425287682
0425287688
Branch Call Number: B KEATS j
Characteristics: 52 pages : color illustrations ; 25 x 28 cm

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I'm not crying, you're crying. Shut up!

This was one of the most beautiful stories I've read in a long, long time. You read so many picture books that are pleasant enough and you start to forget what they can be, but I should have known it was going to be amazing with Andrea Davis Pinkney involved!

CatherineG_1 Dec 14, 2016

This is the biography of Ezra Keats who wrote The Snowy Day. I found his life so interesting. Teachers could use this book, in the classroom, in so many ways. Keats' family life was influenced by anti-semitism and racism. He had many struggles but overcame them all to be one of the most influential children's writers of his time. Funny thing for me - when I was a child, I never noticed Peter's skin colour. I think like all children, I loved the fun of the snow and the illustrations. The Snowy Day is one book, I love to read, every winter.

Check this book out to find out about the life of Ezra Keats!

Here is the link to the original book, The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats.

https://markham.bibliocommons.com/item/show/95851034_the_snowy_day

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